August 2010 “OLD BONES” News

August 1, 2010


May you always have a rainbow of smiles on your face and in your heart forever!

♫ There are no birthdays in our group this month. ♫
♫   ♫

Editors note:

Have you noticed something different about Jeannette?

John Lejderman

For a while on Monday, July 12 all cares were thrown to the wind when laughologist John Lejderman visited our group.

The recent heat wave didn’t help our frame of mind but John worked hard to bring a smile to our faces.

HA – ha ha ha HA – ha ha ha HA – ha ha ha

Keep smiling. It’s good for the health.

News from Almage 50+ Center:


Regrettably, the celebration was held later this year and many people were already on vacation visiting family, enjoying blue skies and relaxing at the sea shore.

Only three members from the Satellite Groups attended. We were welcomed warmly and acknowledged in the opening speeches by the Almage (Mother house) leaders.

A friendly and happy group of people enjoyed a glass of wine, an appetizing dinner, followed by a scrumptious dessert and hot tea/coffee. All accompanied by great conversation with interesting people.

The afternoon ended with dancing to the fantastic music of J.A. Gamache.

The Annual General Meeting of Almage Senior Community Centre was held on June 15th, 2010.
Three positions were up for reelection and three positions to fill. Unfortunately, I do not have information on the results at this time.

Staff changes:

Manager Filomena Manno has resigned her post after eighteen years of service with CCS and with Almage. Ms. Manno was instrumental in setting up the new building at Hochelaga and for the creation of the satellite centers.

On behalf of the member of the Rosemount/St. Michel satellite I wish to express our gratitude to Ms. Manno.

Most of us felt a sense of isolated prior to joining the Almage CCS Rosemount/St. Michel Satellite Group. It is a fantastic group of exceptional people. We are very blessed. Thank you

I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say we are sorry we did not have the pleasure of saying ‘thank you’ in person to Ms. Manno for the great gift she provided us with. A gift of sharing our thoughts and feelings with amazing people in fellowship and harmony,

We wish Ms. Manno continued success in her future endeavors.

Giovanna (Joanne) Colasurda

I am very happy to report Joanne Colasurda is the newly appointed Centre Manager for the Almage Senior Community Centre.

On behalf of the members of the Rosemount/St. Michel Satellite Centre – congratulations Joanne! We wish you continued great success.

Almage 50+ Center TRIPS IN AUGUST
Unfortunately, I am a bit late printing some of the following events but better late than never!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 – Departure for Almage at 10:00am
Cost: Members $20.00/ non-members $23.00 (cost includes 1 round of Golf and the mini bus).
Enjoy 1 round of 18 hole mini-put followed by lunch at Newport Buffet and Bar and visit the Farmer’s Market. Tickets on sale from June 28th.

PLAY AT SEGAL CENTRE (Menopause Out Loud):
Wednesday August 18, 2010 Departure from Almage at 12:30pm (There will not be a restaurant stop) Cost Members $60.00/ non-members $63.00 (Cost for mini-bus and show) Ticket Deadline July 26th

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, Departure from Almage at 8:00am
Cost Members $32.00/ non-members $36.00 (included mini-bus only based on 15 people)
Cost Members $26.00/ non-members $30.00 (included mini-bus only based on 20 people)
Enjoy a beautiful visit to St. Anne De Beaupre’s Church. They will be stopping for lunch and supper along the way. This trip will be a long day; we may be back before 8:00pm. A minimum of 15 people needed for this trip to take place. Tickets go on sale on Monday July 26th.


Laugh a little every day. It’s better than chicken soup. At least that’s what the chickens say.

When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live. – Samuel Johnson Submitted by Ted

A Special Thank You

On behalf of everyone in our group I would like to say thank you to Jeannette for her dedication and commitment to our health. Every Monday morning Jeannette gets us off our butts and into exercise mode whether or not we feel like exercising.

To be honest I probably need the exercise the most and I am probably the laziest one of the bunch so sometimes I try to look busy. Does it work? Are you kidding? I never get away with it! Jeannette has eyes in the back of her head (smile) Given the fact that I am forced to do the tough work I have to admit that lately I have felt a difference in my old bones. They don’t seem to crack as much and my balance seems to have improved. (Smile) Thank you, Jeannette.

Jeanette has been taking a session in ‘Aqua exercise’ – exercise done in a swimming pool? I heard it is helpful in weight reduction and since I am trying (unsuccessfully) to lose weight I thought it might be a good option for me. The cost is a bit on the high side of the scale so I was really on the fence about it. Sharing my thoughts with Jeannette she offered me one of her ‘free day passes’ to try it out before committing to the expense. I was to call her before Thursday to confirm my visit to the Y.

That sounds great doesn’t it? Well here’s the rub! Just minutes later I overheard a conversation between Jeannette, Angela, Ivylin, etc. I listened dismayed at what I was seeing and hearing!
Jeannette was demonstrating how she tries to undress and/or dress before and after her water exercise class. She described how the ladies walk around the changing room in all their glory! In their birthday suits! Nude! !!!!!!! ….

Oh! No! No! This isn’t for me!!! Not even in my dreams! So I say: Jeanette, don’t wait for me to call. Uh Uh!!! OMG! Amid a lot of giggling Jeannette tried to tell me it was not so difficult to undress sitting down semi protected… Ivylin tried to tell me I would get use to it. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough years left on this earth to get use to showing this astounding bod to the world!

Jeanette I really do appreciate your kind offer but … then ….well…..I just can’t do it! …..

We’ll Jeanette, I guess by now you are feeling quite comfortable… thinking the other episode is safe from print. Well??????!!!!!! Janet S

Laughter is the Best Medicine

The Picnic

A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town’s annual 4th of July picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.
“This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. “You really ought to try it. I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don’t know what you’re missing. You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s prized Virginia Baked Ham.. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?”
The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, “At your wedding.” Submitted by Ted


An old priest got sick of everyone in his parish confessing adultery. During one Sunday’s sermon he told them, “If one more person confesses to adultery, I’ll quit!”

Since everyone liked him, they decided to use a code word: ‘fallen’. From then on, anyone who had committed adultery said they had ‘fallen’. This satisfied the old priest and the parishioners, and everything was fine for years, until finally the old priest passed away at the ripe old age of 93.

Shortly after, the new young priest settled in, he paid a call on the mayor. The priest was quite concerned. ‘You have to do something about the sidewalks in this town, Mayor. You can’t believe how many people come into the confessional talking about having fallen!’

The mayor started to laugh, realizing that no one had explained their code word to the new priest. But before the mayor could explain, the priest shook his finger at the mayor and said – ‘I don’t know why you’re laughing; your wife fell three times last week!’ Submitted by Barbara

Have you heard the one about?

A couple of small-town Australians stopped at a pub for a drink after work. They were enjoying their pints when they noticed a couple of out-of-towners come into the pub. Being a friendly fellow, one of the Aussies decided to go see who these guys were.
He said, “Excuse me guys, you aren’t from around here, are you? Where are you from?
“Saskatoon, Saskatchewan” came the reply.
The Aussie turned around and went back to his friend.
“So? Where are they from?”
“I don’t know but they don’t speak any English!” Submitted by Edith

Out bicycling one day with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, I got a little wistful.
‘In ten years,’ I said, ‘you’ll want to be with your friends and you won’t go walking, biking, and swimming with me like you do now. Carolyn shrugged. ‘In ten years you’ll be too old to do all those things anyway.’ Submitted by Barbara

A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kiddies home one day when a fire truck zoomed past.

Sitting in the front seat of the Truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog’s duties:
” They use him to hold crowds back.” said one child.
“No “said another “he’s just for good luck.”
A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs” she said firmly “to find the fire hydrants.” Submitted by Pat M

Goat for Dinner

The young couple invited their elderly pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having.
“Goat,” the little boy replied.
“Goat?” replied the startled man of the cloth, “Are you sure about that?”
“Yep,” said the youngster “I heard Dad say to Mom, ‘Today is just as good as any to have that old goat for dinner.”
Submitted by Ted

Sometimes…when you cry….no one sees your tears.
Sometimes…when you are in pain no one sees your hurt.
Sometimes. when you are worried. no one sees your stress
Sometimes. when you are happy…no one sees your smile…

-But FART!! just ONE time… And everybody knows!!
Gotcha!! You thought this was going to be one of those heart-touching stories!
Submitted by Barbara

A Laugh a Day

A group of girlfriends, all age 40, discussed where they would meet for lunch. Finally, it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the waiters there had tight pants and nice butts.

Ten years later at age 50, the friends tried to decide where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View because the food was good and the wine selection was excellent.

Ten years later at the age of 60 they decided to meet at Ocean View because they could dine in peace and quiet and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the ocean.

Twenty years later at age 80 the friends agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View since the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had an elevator.

Ten years later at 90 years of age, they all decided to meet at the Ocean View because they had never been there before. Submitted by Edith

I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it is. She would tell me and was always correct.
It was fun for me so I continued.
At last she headed for the door saying sagely “Grandma I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself. Submitted by Pat M

As I was nursing my baby, my cousin’s six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, ‘My mom has some of those, but I don’t think she knows how to use them.’
Submitted by Barbara

The Usher

An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps, “Where would you like to sit?” he asked politely.

“The front row please,” she answered.
“You really don’t want to do that,” the usher said “The pastor is really boring.”
“Do you happen to know who I am?” the woman inquired.
“No.” he said.
“I’m the pastor’s mother,” she replied indignantly.
“Do you know who I am?” he asked.
“No.” she said.
“Good,” he answered. Submitted by Ted

The Twenty and the One

A well-worn one-dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty-dollar bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation…

The twenty-dollar bill reminisced about its travels all over the country. “I’ve had a pretty good life,” the twenty proclaimed. “Why I’ve been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean ”

“Wow!” said the one-dollar bill. “You’ve really had an exciting life!”

“So tell me,” says the twenty, “where have you been throughout your lifetime?”

The one dollar bill replies, “Oh, I’ve been to the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church.”

The twenty-dollar bill interrupts, “What’s a church?” Submitted by Ted

A Thought to Remember

1. People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road and back of the church.
2. The worst place to live on earth is beyond your means.
3. We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.
4. The best antiques you could have are old friends.
5. Word processors should be combined with good processors in case we have to eat our words.
Submitted by Edith

Always in Love with you

A little old guy is walking around in a supermarket calling out, Crisco, Crissssssscoooo!’
Soon an assistant manager approaches and says, ‘Sir, the Crisco is in aisle 3.’
The old guy replies, ‘Oh, I’m not looking for the cooking stuff. I’m calling my wife. She’s in here somewhere’
The manager is astonished.
‘Your wife’s name is Crisco?’
The old guy answers, ‘Oh no, no, no. I only call her that when we’re out in public.’
‘I see,’ said the clerk.
‘What do you call her at home?’
‘Lard ass.’

The Best Way to Pray

A priest, a minister and a guru sat discussing the best positions for prayer, while a telephone repairman worked nearby.
“Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray,” the priest said.
“No,” said the minister. “I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven.”
“You’re both wrong,” the guru said. “The most effective prayer position is lying down on the floor.”
The repairman could contain himself no longer.
“Hey, fellas,” he interrupted. “The best prayin’ I ever did was when I was hangin’ upside down from a telephone pole.”
Submitted by Ted

Girlie Wisdom!

Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like…
‘You know sometimes I forget to eat!’….
Now I’ve forgotten my address, my mother’s maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat! Submitted by Barbara

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.
So be happy! Don’t let anything burst your balloon! Boogie through life!
Have a real happy day today!

Enjoy it because you got up this morning Submitted by Barbara

I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

I’ve often thought that life is like a roll of toilet tissue. The closer it gets to the end the faster it goes. Submitted by Ted

This is a quiz for people who know everything! (Answers on page 18)

These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers.

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5… In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.
Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’


Why Women Cry

A little boy asked his mother, ‘Why are you crying?’ ‘Because I’m a woman,’ she told him.
‘I don’t understand,’ he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, ‘And you never will.’

Later the little boy asked his father, ‘Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?’
‘All women cry for no reason,’ was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.

Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, ‘God, why do women cry so easily?’ God said: ‘When I made the woman she had to be special.’
‘I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.’

‘I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.’

‘I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.’

‘I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.’

‘I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.

‘I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.’
‘And finally, I gave her a tear to shed.’ ‘This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.’
‘That tear holds more then men could understand.’

‘If a man was to shed her tear it would look enormous.’
‘For a woman’s tear is full of unconditional love, power, sacrifice, beauty, pain and compassion.’
‘All ten fold of what a Man is able to feel.’

‘And that, my son, is why I made her as close to being Supernatural as possible…’
‘She’s my gift to the world; she’s an Angel on Earth.’ ”Love her and praise her for there will be no other here on Earth that will Love you like I do than your Mother.’

‘You see my son,’ said God, ‘The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.’ The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart – the place where love resides.’ Submitted by Barbara

Which are you? Carrots, Eggs, & Coffee!

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up; she was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ‘ Tell me what you see.’
‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, mother?’
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak The egg had been fragile. Its thin

outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however.. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

‘Which are you?’ she asked her daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

You might want to give this message to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate.
May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!! Submitted by Barbara

From the Newspaper and the web
Celtic Life Magazine June 18, 2010 Weekly Celtic Roundup

It seems that every year at this time we hear of some poor sod about to graduate who is banned from wearing his clan kilt to the ceremony.

This year, it’s 19-year old Hamish Jacobs from Raymond, Alberta, and he’s getting support from some unlikely sources, including the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO), which views Mr.
Jacobs’s high school administration’s policy as a violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights that recognizes the multicultural heritage of Canadians.

The School Board’s argument is that there is a strict code of dress in place, which, for men, is a dress pant. Furthermore a student who was permitted to wear a kilt a few year’s ago, mocked the solemn ceremony by making sure everyone knew exactly what he did, or didn’t, wear under his kilt.

Mr. Jacobs feels this is discriminatory since he has no intention of mooning the audience.

It’s been a long while since I’ve seen such an intense debate on the CBC comments, with 458 logged yesterday after the story first appeared and just shy of 600 today in reaction to the WSO’s support. Janet S

Good Leadership

And Now For the Rest of the Story!

Once upon a time, we had an exercise teacher who worked out at the swimming pool. She hadn’t noticed any effects from the weeks of water exercise but that didn’t mean there weren’t any… In reality we sometimes ignore the reality of our efforts.

For those of you who may not know her, Jeannette is a dedicated exercise instructor. She works hard at bringing the best out in us. We moan and groan as we stretch, bend, and hold a stance for the count of five. That is, we moaned and groaned until one fatal day when Jeannette was showing us how to stretch our arm and back muscles. Reaching up high elongating her torso, pushing one elbow higher with the help of the other it happened!

All eyes were on Jeannette when silently, swiftly sliding over her hips, went her lovely black slacks Now let’s pause here for a moment… Picture the scene …A room of relaxed, tranquil seniors watching carefully every move our instructor showed us … Well! She showed us a bit too much! The quiet serenity eruption into uncontrolled outrageous laughter!

Jeannette is very quick, very agile, she didn’t miss a beat… her knees buckled catching the lovely trousers on their way to the ankles. Before one could blink the pants were back in place.
Comments like “My mother always told me to wear clean panties” brought another roar of laughter bouncing off the walls.

Did the exercise session continued? Are you kidding! Jeannette tried to gather her pride and wrap it around herself but the giggles were just too much to handle. She collapsed onto a chair and the laughter bubbled up around her. .

The following week we were all prepared for more fun but drat, we were fouled! There Jeannette stood, dressed to perfection sporting a new item of apparel – a bright, colorful belt. Incidentally, the belt is now a permanent accessory.

So now you know the rest of the story! Contributed by Janet


Italian doctor Paolo Zamboni has taken to Canada his campaign for surgery of blocked neck veins as a treatment option for multiple sclerosis (MS).

Talking to MPs on the House of Commons health committee on a Tuesday in June through video conferencing, the crusading doctor said the vein procedure should be offered in a randomized clinical trial under the supervision of an ethical committee.

He maintains the procedure, also known as liberation therapy, has resulted in better cognitive and motor function. The endovascular surgical procedure involves inserting a tiny balloon or stent into blocked veins in order to improve the flow of blood out of the brain and spinal cord.

His quest for an effective treatment of MS started when his wife Elena Ravalli became a victim back in 1995. Though seemingly healthy at 37 years, she began to experience strange attacks of vertigo, numbness, temporary vision loss and crushing fatigue. They were classic signs of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating neurological disease.

Dr. Paolo Zamboni, a professor of medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy, set out to solve the mystery of MS – an illness that strikes people in the prime of their lives but whose causes are unknown and whose effective treatments are few.

Using ultrasound to examine the vessels leading in and out of the brain, Dr. Zamboni made a startling find: In more than 90 per cent of people with multiple sclerosis, including his spouse, the veins draining blood from the brain were malformed or blocked. In people without MS, they were not.

Article by Helen Branswell, Medical Reporter,
The Canadian Press,

TORONTO – Impatient multiple sclerosis patients are attempting to mount a quasi-putsch, hoping to install two of their own on the MS Society of Canada’s board.

The aim is to elect representatives to the national board who will agitate from inside for an unproven therapy MS patients cannot currently get in Canada.

The society, like its sister organization in the United States, insists that only through proper clinical trials can it advocate for universal access to the procedure for MS patients. But many patients aren’t interested in waiting and are flying to clinics in Eastern Europe and India for something known as the “liberation” procedure.

Janet Heisey, 51, who has been battling the degenerative disease for 29 years, is collecting proxy votes from MS Society members in hopes of electing her husband, Brock Winterton and Linda Molyneux, whose son has MS, to the society’s board at its annual meeting June 12.
“This may not work. We’re giving it a shot. We’re doing our best. Because there are an awful lot of people that want more representation,” said Heisey, whose condition has progressed to what is known as secondary progressive MS.
She said the MS Society’s unwillingness to push faster for universal access, in Canada, to the procedure is generating a lot of negative response on Facebook and other websites where MS patients share their views.

“There doesn’t seem to be a presence (on the board) that is cheering for this, that is pushing it forward,” Heisey said. “They have modestly stood behind CCSVI.” CCSVI stands for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, a term coined by Italian physician Paolo Zamboni for blockages in veins in the neck that he observed in a number of patients with MS.

His theory is that a build up of iron in the brain caused by the blockages either triggers MS or contributes to the damage caused by it, and that simply opening the veins restores at least some lost function to patients. The conventional belief is that MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the myelin sheath protecting the central nervous system.

Eager MS patients have flocked to foreign clinics that are willing to do the treatment, spurred on by anecdotal reports from others who have undergone it. But skeptical neurologists believe that may be a placebo effect at work and want to see well conducted clinical trials before they embrace the idea.

“Our point is we can’t rely on anecdotes to advance it. It has to be in a controlled research setting,” said Stewart Wong, national manager for media relations with the MS Society.
Patients appeared before a parliamentary hearing this week demanding the ability to get treatment in Canada. But Wong said provincial governments are unlikely to pay for the procedure here until there is proof it actually works.

Heisey and other activists believe they may be able to get more traction with people on the inside, which is why they have their sights set on the MS Society board. It consists of 13 spots, seven of which reserved for provincial or regional representatives. The other six are open to anyone who pays the society’s annual $10 membership fee.

Board terms are for three years, with terms starting at different points. Five board positions are up for grabs this year, Wong said.

But there are five incumbents who are seeking re-election. And they are on a slate of candidates that is being proposed by the society’s governance committee. Normally the slate put forward by the governance committee is unchallenged, Wong said.
“They believe that this is a balanced slate that will serve the membership best,” he added.
The society has roughly 31,000 members, but fewer than 1,000 generally participate in board elections.

As for Heisey, she left for Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, hours after the board meeting concluded. She was scheduled to undergo treatment for CCSVI on June 14.

Editor’s note: Further information is not available at the moment.

Sick of feeling tired?

Excerpts from Article By: Cynthia Ross Cravit – Six ways to boost energy, beat fatigue and feel younger.

Feeling worn down? Constantly exhausted? You aren’t alone. In fact, according to health experts, a ‘lack of energy’ is one of the top five complaints doctors face. And it is a complaint that Western medicine all too often fails to treat.

“I discovered that I couldn’t help about 70 per cent of my patients,” says Dr. Woodson Merrell, author of The Source: Beat Fatigue, Power Up Your Health, and Feel 10 Years Younger.
“They weren’t sick, but they weren’t well either.”

Dr. Merrell said there were six steps that can break the fatigue cycle and lead to better heath and improved longevity. These steps draw on both Western medical knowledge and Eastern healing practices.

About one third of US medical schools have joined the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrated Medicine, including such prominent institutions such as Yale, Harvard and John Hopkins. Canadian universities who have joined the initiative include McMaster and Laval.

“This is huge,” Merrell says, adding that it marks a turning point. “Academic medicine has come to see the value in integrated medicine.”

6 steps to energy creation

“There are simple things you can do to increase your energy,” he says. “Much of it isn’t rocket science, and in fact, may remind you of the advice your grandmother gave you. It’s easy to say and understand… but not always easy to incorporate into your life.”

Yet, he says that thousands of his patients who have used this program have experienced incredible changes in mind, body and spirit. Here’s an overview:

Manage stress. Stress can be good because it allows us to respond the emergencies, but prolonged stress can be very damaging to our health and energy level. One way to reduce stress is through meditation, but if it’s not your thing, then it could be as simple as breathing – very slowly. Deep breathing calms the nervous system and normalizes the heart rate.

Merrell recommends taking ‘breath breaks’ throughout the day, every hour if possible. Using your abdominal muscles (as opposed to chest muscles), take a deep breath in to the count of four, pause for a count, and then exhale slowly to the count of six. Repeat this four time. You can even do this in a meeting when someone is yelling at you,” Merrell says.

Load up on power foods. Merrell recommends eating mainly a fish and plant-based diet, including such power foods as salmon, trout, almonds, walnuts, legumes, cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens, tea, citrus, garlic, rosemary and olive oil.
Trouble foods include red meat, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, wheat, cow’s milk, coffee and alcohol.

Detoxify. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 148 man-made chemicals in the average American blood sample, including alarmingly high rates of mercury. Simple things you can do to help detoxify your life include avoiding toxic substances as much as possible, including the cleaning products you use in your home, filtering your drinking water and going organic.

Get your exercise. For aerobic exercise, Merrell recommends a minimum of 30 minutes/3 days a week. Even moderate exercise boosts the immune system and leads to better heart & brain health. “When it comes to energizing yourself, exercise is like plugging yourself into a power grid,” he says

Get enough sleep. If you’re like most of us, the advice when it comes to sleep is simple: Get more! “Before the light bulb was discovered, we got on average 10.2 hours of sleep per night; now we get 6.9,” Merrell says.

So how much sleep do we need? Most of us need 8 hours per night. “During the 8 th or 9th hour of sleep, most of the healing happens,” Merrell says. “And in case you’re wondering, the power nap does count – 15 to 20 minutes in the afternoon can make a huge difference to your energy level.”

Ever wake up suddenly at 4:00am and can’t get back to sleep? Try a technique called dream remembrance: “Lock onto the dream you were experiencing and 50 % of the time this will take you back to sleep.”

Stay connected. Coming out of ourselves to give to others makes us both happier and healthier. People who are religious or spiritual have a lower rate of heart disease and they experience greater longevity.

And don’t underestimate the power of laughter. A Japanese study found that nursing mothers who laughed while watching the Charlie Chaplin movie, Modern Times , had higher levels of the beneficial hormone melatonin in their breast milk, which reduced their babies’ previously diagnosed allergic skin reactions to latex and dust.

“This small study offers a wonderful window into the mysteries of human nature,” Merrell says. “It’s clear to me that laughter is a built-in healing mechanism.” J

Will your personality affect how long you live? Abstract from Article By: Cynthia Ross Cravit
Here are steps you can take to live longer:

1. Don’t sleep too much. Sleeping more than 8 hours a night can reduce life expectancy, according to a Feb 2002 study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Night owls, however, should take note: researchers say that sleeping less than four hours also increases death rates. People who sleep between six and seven hours per night were shown to live the longest.

2. Stick to a low-calorie diet. A recent study by the National Institute on Aging found that a calorie-restricted diet led to decreased insulin levels and body temperature, both considered signs of longevity. A diet low in calories but high in nutrients also led to a drop in DNA damage.

3. Have more sex. Researchers say that having intimate sex makes you happier, better rested and less stressed, which in turn can lower blood pressure and protect against stroke and heart disease. A study published in the April 2004 Journal of the American Medical Assoc found that intimate sex frequency was related to decreased risk of total prostate cancer.”

4. Get a pet. People who own pets, especially dogs, have been shown to be less stressed and require fewer visits to their physicians than non-owners. Survival rates for heart attack victims who had a pet were found to be 12 % longer than for those who did not have one, according to researcher Erica Friedmann. Pet owners have also been shown to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to be lonely or depressed. Another benefit – Pet ownership stimulates exercise.

5. Quit smoking. Middle-aged men who are long-term, heavy smokers face twice the risk of developing more aggressive forms of prostate cancer than men who have never smoked, according to a study that appeared in the July 2003 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. And according to a recent study in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, cigarette smoking has been clearly linked to the most common causes of death in the elderly. “Smoking is–for all but some exceptional subjects–incompatible with successful aging and compromises life expectancy even in extreme longevity,” the study states.

6. Manage your anger. A study led by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2002 found that men who responded to stress with high levels of anger were over three times more likely to develop premature heart disease when compared to men who reported lower anger responses. Furthermore, because anger is associated with high blood pressure, they were over six times more likely to have a heart attack by the age of 55.

7. Eat antioxidants. Found in foods such as blueberries, artichokes, beans, cinnamon and cloves, antioxidant molecules scavenge free radicals, compounds whose unstable chemical nature accelerates the effect of aging on the cells. Cellular damage contributes to degenerative diseases, including atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease & cancer. Research shows that some types of beans are among the best sources of antioxidants, while blueberries and other berries follow close behind

8. Stop nagging. Married couples who engage in heated arguments are more likely to have health problems than those who do not, according to a study at the Univ of Utah. Based on 150 healthy, older couples, researchers found that women who are hostile toward their husbands are more likely to have hardening of the arteries. Men who are controlling in their relations – or are married to someone who is – are more likely to have atherosclerosis, a very serious condition of the coronary arteries.


This month (July) and the month of August Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history,

The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Due to the way Jupiter’s gravity tug on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the last 5, 000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.’ The encounter will culminate on August 27 when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky, it will attain a magnitude of 2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide.

At a modest 75 power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m.and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30 a.m.

That’s pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.No one alive will ever see this again.

70 years ago, Palace fire left 78 children dead.

A Hispanic Bethel Evangelical Temple occupies the site at 3215 Ste. Catherine S E but a commemorative plaque recalls the horror that occurred there 70 years ago. “Here.” It reads in French, “78 children perished in the Laurier Palace fire, January 9, 1927.”

Back then people went to what were called moving picture shows, and that Sunday afternoon 900 children packed the 786 seat theatre for a matinee screening of Get “Em Young, starring Canada’s sweetheart, Mary Pickford.

Ten minutes into the feature, smoke appeared. “It’s nothing. Stay in your seats and watch the show. Everything is under control.” Cried an usher who opened a trapdoor in the balcony to pull out a fire extinguisher.

When he opened the door, flames burst through and the children in the balcony of the overcrowded theatre panicked. The only way to get out was a narrow staircase, 5 feet wide, on either side of the balcony.

In the mad rush, seven children stumbled into a dark corner on one of the landings and created a bottleneck. The stampede continued: children scrambled over one another.

No one burned to death but the children between the age of 4 and 16 were piled up eight deep on that landing and were asphyxiated or crushed.

There were heroic incidents and heartbreaking stories.

The projectionist, Emile Massicotte, risked his life in leading 30 children to safety through a window and over the marquee. Police Constable Albert Boiseau worked frantically to save lives only to discover afterward that his own 3 children, Germaine, Yvette and Rolland had died in the blaze.

Thirty-five of the victims are buried together in Section B of Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery.

The fire became a political football many in the city were determined to find scapegoats for the calamity. One writer went so far as to blame “the immortal influence of the English language cinema dominated by Judeo American studies.”

A government inquiry eventually absolved everyone and ruled that the deaths were the result of a panic occasioned by a fire resulting from the negligence of a person unknown. “There is no criminal or civil responsibility on the part of anyone whatsoever,” the inquiry report said.

As a result of the fire, Quebec passed a law that prohibited children 16 years and under from going to the movies. The law was not rescinded until 1967.

In 1927, the city awarded Leo Gadoury, Fernand Cormier and Simone Levac $120 a year for the rest of their lives. They are all in their 80’s now and on the first of every month they receive a $10.00 cheque from the city of Montreal.
The Laurier Palace fire was not the worst theatre blaze on the continent. On Dec 30, 1903, 575 people died in a fire at the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago. Submitted by Frank

Good Leadership

And now for the rest of the story…

Once upon a time, we had an exercise teacher who worked out at the swimming pool. She hadn’t noticed any effects from the weeks of water exercise but that didn’t mean there weren’t any… In reality we sometimes ignore the reality of our efforts.

For those of you who may not know her, Jeannette is a dedicated exercise instructor. She works hard at bringing the best out in us. We moan and groan as we stretch, bend, and hold a stance for the count of five. That is, we moaned and groaned until one fatal day when Jeannette was showing us how to stretch our arm and back muscles. Reaching up high elongating her torso, pushing one elbow higher with the help of the other it happened!

All eyes were on Jeannette when silently, swiftly sliding over her hips, went her lovely black slacks Now let’s pause here for a moment… Picture the scene …A room of relaxed, tranquil seniors watching carefully every move our instructor showed us … Well! She showed us a bit too much! The quiet serenity eruption into uncontrolled outrageous laughter!

Jeannette is very quick, very agile, she didn’t miss a beat… her knees buckled catching the lovely trousers on their way to the ankles. Before one could blink the pants were back in place.
Comments like “My mother always told me to wear clean panties” brought another roar of laughter bouncing off the walls.

Did the exercise session continued? Are you kidding! Jeannette tried to gather her pride and wrap it around herself but the giggles were just too much to handle. She collapsed onto a chair and the laughter bubbled up around her. .

The following week we were all prepared for more fun but drat, we were fouled! There Jeannette stood, dressed to perfection sporting a new item of apparel – a bright, colorful belt. Incidentally, the belt is now a permanent accessory.

So now you know the rest of the story! Contributed by Janet


A lot of church members singing ‘Standing on the Promises’ are just sitting on the premises.

Stop, Drop, and Roll won’t work in Hell. Submitted by Dolores

Answers to Quiz:

1 The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends: Boxing.

2. North American landmark constantly moving backward: Niagara Falls. (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)

3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons: Asparagus and rhubarb.

4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside: Strawberry.

5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

6. Three English words beginning with dw: Dwarf, dwell and dwindle…

7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh: Lettuce.

9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with ‘S’: Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts. Submitted by Ted

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend; someone who changes your life just by being part of it.

Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop; someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world…

Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it.

This is Forever Friendship.
Submitted by Barbara

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